The Northwest is known for many things: 90s grunge music, caffeine-infused residents, and outdoor adventures. Whether you’re into extreme sports, or you’re more in the mellow side, Washington State has copious amounts of excitement. The Pacific Northwest is known for its beauty, complete with natural greenery and creatures crawling through the woodlands.
This list of eight fabulous nearby adventures, will give you the jumpstart you need to get up and going!
Paddle board or kayak into Green Lake, the Puget Sound, or Lake Washington and explore what you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do from land. There are endless opportunities to utilize your hand-launch boats – just make sure to check to see if it’s safe in the area you choose!
Washington’s Orca Whale watching has become a beautiful and eventful day to connect with our undersea friends. Many cruises not only search for whales, but other sea life you might find, including seals and bald eagles. From Port Angles to the San Juans, many companies offers extensive packages for your family!
We’ve all heard of the Snoqualmie Falls, but have you ever experienced them? As one of Washington’s “most popular scenic attractions,” the falls has over 1.5 million annual visitors. The Snoqualmie area offers trails for hiking, an observation deck, and lower lookout area, accessible by trail. They’ve a restaurant, two-acre park, and 270-foot waterfall, so check it out with the entire family!
Need to stay local? Try your mountain bike skills at Soaring Eagle Regional Park in Sammamish or Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park in Issaquah. Both areas have specific trails and jumps to put your skills to the test. Both areas are densely wooded, and Soaring Eagle is used by walkers and runners, too! These multi-use parks are excellent for a day out and about without leaving the area.
About eight years ago, rock climbing took the world by storm and many people have since partaken in the sport. Even if you don’t want to trek out to Rattlesnake Ridge to find some areas there, Seattle and the Eastside offers awesome resources for indoor rock climbing. All the physical and social fun, without the falling off a cliff!
Get your lessons or hours in with Seattle Paragliding off a ledge in Issaquah, Washington. As the freest form of flight, paragliding allows people to fly like a bird, explore expansive views, and enjoy hours and hours of flight-fun. Partner with a trained professional to soar in the skies!
Blue Sky Outfitters offers white river rafting excursions around Washington, including the Wenatchee River, Tieton River, and Methow River. Experienced and qualified guides, guide you down the river in the raft and offer tidbits of information about the area and rapids. They offer half and full-day outings and are great for summer fun!
Visit the seedy, Seattle Underground (Tour). As one of Seattle’s most historic attractions, the Seattle Underground has proved a thrilling adventure. Back in 1889, a fire ravaged a fledgling Seattle, causing massive destruction to buildings, homes, businesses, and people. With strict new building regulations, much of the underground area was forgotten, until Bill Speidel campaigned to save the area. He followed up by starting to guide tours in 1965. You can still schedule with Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour!
Washington and the Greater Seattle Region are brimming with fabulous activities. Why not try a few with your family and friends?
And if you’ve already been out and about, what are some of your favorite outdoor adventures?